Lawmakers hope second time’s a charm for energy bill

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Lawmakers in Montpelier say a measure aimed at helping reduce the amount Vermonters spend on home heating could have just the right elements to win approval, in the Legislature and with Governor Douglas.

The measure, approved yesterday by the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee, would set up a new program to promote and manage efficiency efforts aimed at buildings.

Supporters say it could cut $300 million off the more than $800 million per year Vermonters spend now to heat homes, businesses and other buildings.

Waterbury Rep. Robert Dostis says no single piece of legislation can do it all, but that the bill is a start in advancing innovative policy that’s good for the environment and good for economic development.

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